Sat, May 30, 2009
***I have noticed a lot of people are coming to my site for help on this, if you have any questions just leave a comment and I will answer your question ASAP***
Ok so to start what you are going to need is:
- SD <=*4GB* card
- AN EXTERNAL USB HD
- My custom Zip folder containing every file you will need ;)
“The very first thing your going to do is connect to the internet, then open software update, and update, yes I am serious I updated to the latest 4.0 Wii firmware and had success no downgrading required.”
*Just a quick note before I get into this DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT USE ILLEGAL GAMES DOWNLOADED OFF THE INTERNET THEY CAN TRACE YOUR IP AND GET YOUR HOME ADRESS, ONLY BACKUP/PLAY GAMES YOU HAVE PURCHASED AS THEY CAN TRACE THE GAMES YOU OWN BUT THEY CAN SEE THAT IT IS INFACT A LEGIT LEGAL WII GAME*.
Step 1, Get your IOS Downgraded and Homebrew Installed etc:
- Plug in your SD Card <=4GB, (Now assuming that this is a stock Wii you are performing this on with no hacks on it this method should work great It should work ok with a hacked one as well.)
- Download my *STARTER* Zip file (I made a starter zip file because It will make things easier, you just copy the files/folders to the SD card)
- Copy the files within the starter kit to the root or / of the SD card
- Plug your SD card into your Wii’s front SD card slot
- Go to settings then go to data management then go to channels and click SD card in the upper right corner and a box should pop up saying load boot.dol/elf? select yes, if it freezes check here
- Now just go through the steps and just install the homebrew channel.
- Once you have the Homebrew channel installed Restart your Wii and take out your SD card and plug it back into the computer and delete all the files on it then download my custom folder here
- After you have copied all the files off my custom folder to your SD card plug the SD card back into your Wii and open the Homebrew channel then open the cIOSDowngrade app and downgrade your IOS.
- Once restarted open back up the homebrew channel and open the cIOS36_rev10 app and chose *Network install* by scrolling through the options with the > arrow keys on the Wiimote and just click install and follow the instructions.
- Once it is finished restart your wii and open the homebrew channel and open the usbloader app, that is going to be the app that will load all your games once you have formated your drive (described below), thats it! CLICK READ MORE FOR MORE INFO.
Step 2, format your USB drive:
- Download and install the WBFS Manager. Be sure to download/install the proper build (there is an x86 version and an x64 version)
- Plug your external hard drive into your PC. I have had success with the AcomData PureDrive 500 GB USB 2.0/eSATA External Hard Drive PHD500USE-72.
- Use the Windows Disk Management Application to delete and create a new (raw) partition on yourhard drive . THE WBFS MANAGER WILL NOT FORMAT AN NTFS FORMATTED DRIVE AS WBFS. You must go into the disk manager, delete the partition, then create a new, unformatted partition. To do this:
- Right Click on My Computer and go to Manage
- Click on the Disk Management option on the left
- When your disk drives have loaded, right click on the drive to be formatted to WBFS format (to be read by the Wii ) and choose ‘Delete Volume’
- Now Right Click on the disk drive to be used and click ‘New’
- Be sure to assign a drive letter to your drive, and to choose NOT TO FORMAT the drive when you create your new partition
- You should now have a RAW volume with a drive letter assigned in My Computer. I did this in Windows 7 (I’m assuming Windows Vista would work the same way). If you are having difficulty with this step of the process, try using a GParted Live CD to unformat your disk.
- Run the WBFS Manager. You will see an interface that looks something like this (this is from 2.2 – there are some new features and a nicer interface in 3.0+):
- Select the drive letter of your hard drive as assigned above. Click ‘Format’. If it was successful in initializing the drive, then you are ready to plug into your Wii and start backing up your games. If your format was not successful, you will need to go back into the disk management utilities in Windows, delete the external drives’ partition, create a new simple volume, assign a drive letter, DO NOT FORMAT THE VOLUME, and try again
Once you have formatted your drive you can add or copy ISO from and to your PC also the mac OSX version of the WBFS manager can be downloaded from my site here *UPDATED LINK* To copy your legal games just plug in your formated drive and put in your Wii game then open up the USB loader and there will be a option to back it up and so chose that. After everything is done disconnect from the internet!.
Enjoy people :D Guide written by Bilsta57 .